WITH whales now heading south with their young, surfers are reporting more shark sightings around Byron Bay.
Ben Bennick said two sharks had circled him while he was surfing at Tallows Beach last week and he had also heard from a young reader of his surfing website about a shark at The Pass on Sunday morning.
April Lilleyman, 12, told Mr Bennick the shark had come from Clarks Beach and "cruised just off the edge of the break for about five minutes".
She said it was as long as her dad's longboard.
Mr Bennick said it was common for sharks to be sighted at this time of year.
"Apparently they follow the whales heading south with their juveniles," Mr Bennick said.
"They tend to be a bit more brazen. They come a bit closer and are a bit pushy.
"I don't think people should panic - just be aware they are there.
"My general rule is to move in the opposite direction.
"If you startle or threaten them they could turn towards you. Give them the space.
"After all, they are the top of the food chain out there."
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